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The UFC continues to shorten its roster, as it was announced yesterday. Five more fighters have now parted way with the company. 

Although it may not be considered “released,” all five athlete’s contracts had run out, and the organisation decided not to renew the following athletes. MMA Junkie was the first to report the news.

Livia Souza (14-4)

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL – FEBRUARY 01: Opponents Livia Renata Souza (L) of Brazil and Sarah Frota of Brazil face off during the UFC Fight Night Assuncao v Moraes 2 Weigh-Ins at CFO Centro de Formacao Olimpica on February 01, 2019 in Fortaleza, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Livia Souza’s time with the promotion comes to a close after a six-fight stint, dating back to her debut in 2018. Souza entered the promotion with a bang winning her first two bouts against Alex Chambers and Sarah Frota. However, since then has had one victory from her four outings. Her final bout with the promotion saw “The Brazilian Gangster” drop a unanimous decision loss to Randa Markos.

Laureano Staropoli (9-5)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 22: Laureano Staropoli of Argentina poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 22, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Argentinian joined the UFC in 2018 as a genuine prospect and recorded two unanimous decision wins over Hector Aldana and Thiago Alves. Suddenly the tide turned as “Pepi” failed to pick up a victory in his last four fights, leaving him with a (9-5) record and in search of a new home.

Andrew Sanchez (12-7)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 15: Andrew Sanchez poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 15, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Once a TUF 23 winner, Andrew Sanchez had some early success in his UFC career with wins over Markus Perez and Marc-André Barriault, but as of late has found himself in a tricky situation. Sanchez recently fought at UFC Vegas 40, where he found himself on his second consecutive stoppage loss when defeated by Bruno Silva.

Teemu Packalen (12-3)

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Teemu Packalen of Finland poses on the scale during the UFC 242 weigh-in at The Arena on September 6, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Finland’s Teemu Packalén’s release came as no surprise as he recently announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts competition. The decision came as a fear of suffering another knockout loss. Packalén suffered back-to-back first-round losses to Marc Diakiese and Ottman Azaitar in his most recent outings.

Randa Markos (11-11-1)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 22: Randa Markos of Iraq poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 22, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Randa Markos recently broke her four-fight skid at UFC Vegas 41 with a unanimous decision win over Livia Souza. Unforltnyly for Markos, it didn’t quite seem to be enough to keep her on the UFC roster.

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